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Reza Rahbaran Questions & Answers
When was the EB-5 program established?
What is a Targeted Employment Area and why is it important?
Can I purchase third-party insurance to guarantee my EB-5 investment?
What is form I-924?
Are Iranian citizens eligable for EB-5 ?
Other than China, where are the other 'hot' markets for EB-5 investors?
Regarding to the source of fund, if I have a total income of 0.9 million US dollar for last 10 years, provided the supporting documentation is available,is it acceptable to USCIS that I am capable to make a half million investment through EB-5 pilot program? what if my total income for the last 5 years is 0.7 million dollars?
How will USCIS' release of materials used to train officers in adjudication of EB-5 cases affect the EB-5 community?
What are some reasons for rejection of an EB-5 visa application?
What are the benefits of investing in Regional Center projects? And what are some financial risks involved with Regional Center investment projects?
are Iranian citizens eligble for EB-5 ?
When is the next USCIS EB-5 stakeholders meeting?
How many EB-5 visas are issued every year?
If I am already in the United States in valid nonimmigrant status, what are the tax implications for me if I receive my $500,00 as a gift from my family overseas?
What happens if my I-829 is denied? Must I leave the US immediately?
What is the definition of a 'troubled business'?
Can the minimum investment amount ($500,000) ever be increased?
Can I appeal an I-829 denial to USCIS?
What is an NTA and why is it relevant in I-829 adjudication?
Where can I find the I-829 regulations?
Can my spouse and children also receive "green cards" under the EB5 visa program?
did most of the investors in the past receive back most of their initial capital?
How do I know which Regional Center to invest in to get my Green Card?
Can our parents join us on the EB5 visa or can we sponsor them for a green card during the conditional period of two years?
How long do the 10 full time jobs need to exist, e.g., 1 year, 5 years?
What are some of the newly approved Regional Center projects? And what Regional Centers have 829 approvals? I believe CMB, Vermont & Seattle do, but who else? Any insight would be great!
If I have applied for EB-5 visa, ca my child apply for B1 visa?
What is the fee for Form I-829?
What is the fee for Form I-526?
What is a Regional Center?
How am I supposed to "invest" funds in a regional center if I am not in the US, and have no US bank accounts?
What is the process to become a designated Regional Center?
Must an EB-5 foreign investor, whether by direct investment or by regional center, live in the immediate area where his investment is being made?
If I invest through a Regional Center, does that mean I only have to invest $500,000?
How do I find a qualified EB-5 attorney?
What are some of the benefits of a Green card?
What is the process to obtain lawful permanent residency through the EB-5 visa program?
What is a conditional green card?
What happens if $1mm is used to create 10 jobs, but then the company, say a software startup, fails before the 2 yr period and all the money is lost? Does that impact the granting of the I-829? Or what happens if 10 jobs are created in a short term project, say a movie, the jobs end in, say, 12 months, but the movie goes on to be successful and returns the investor's money. Does that impact the granting of the I-829?
Can you recoup your EB-5 investment if your green card is denied?
Hi there, Can we give birth to a child during our CPR?what would happen to us if the I829 is denied？Your response will be highly appreciated.
Can a secured loan be used to fund an EB5 visa investment?
Can a Regional Center qualify for $500,000 investors if it is does not meet TEA designation?
How much capital needs to be initially deposited with the Regional Center?
Will I have to manage my EB-5 project from inside the United States? After receiving conditional permanent residency can I assign project management to someone else? Will I have to stay in the United States or will I be able to leave to go back to my home country?
Are there safe investment opportunities with Regional Centers? Do any of these have the certainty of a return?
Can funds from a parent in the U.S. be used for an EB-5 visa?
Is it possible to qualify for the EB-5 visa investment program without investing through a Regional Center? Could I invest in another existing company or start my own instead?
Do some regional centers charge a lesser fee from investors who approach them directly as opposed to through an agent/advisor? This is because in the first case, they don't have to pay the commissions/finder fee/advisory fee/or marketing fee to the intermediary i.e. less mouths in the transaction. What regional centers do that?
What is an “at risk” direct investment?
Is an interview required at the I-526 stage?
Is an interview required at the I-829 stage?
Can investors from Vietnam participate in the EB-5 visa program? We know that the U.S. does not let Vietnam citizens participate in the green card visa lottery. Has this been extended to other visa categories?
can the $500,000 investment amount be loaned to the investor? if so are there any restrictions on who the lender is?
What is the minimum required amount of capital to be invested in order to apply for an EB5 visa?
I had heard from a speaker in a seminar that the age of dependent child had been amended and lowered from 21 years old to 18 years old. Is it true?
What is the premium processing fee for EB-5 petitions?
Is "premium processing" available for I-526 petitions?
How do I know what Regional Center to invest in ?
What happened if I waited a year and my I-526 still hasn't been approved? The USCIS website still shows the date of processing time as March 16, 2012. What does this mean? They haven't approved any I-526 file since that date or they are not updating the website?
How long does it take to have an I-525 approved by USCIS?
Are all the English and non-English documents submitted for the application for I-526 need to be notarized? What kind of notarization do we need (ie. notarized by US Consulate, Chinese Embassy or solicitor)?
What issues cause the most problems when applying for an EB-5 visa?
Is premium processing available for I-829 petitions?
If I was denied another U.S. visa, can I still apply for EB-5?
Where can I get a copy of the laws and regulations of the U.S. EB-5 Regional Center Program?
When will my visa become permanent?
Who should consider an EB-5?
If a member of my family or I are already in the U.S. on another visa, do I have to return to my home country in order to obtain an EB-5 visa or permanent residence?
Hi I have read that to prove lawful source of invested funds, the applicant must provide at least the last five years of records, including tax returns and bank statements. However, say an applicant was only 20 years old and has earned the money from a fast growing successful business, but only have 2-3 years of bank records and tax returns, as the business is only 2-3 years old. Would that be sufficient prove if it firmly proves lawful source of the invested funds?
Why does the Regional Center require fees from investors above the required amount of investment? Are they just ripping me off?
Is a bank loan of US$500,000 acceptable as investment funds? If so, must the investor provide evidence or explanation regarding the loan?
What is the definition of "children under the age of 21"? Is the children eligible if he or she is 21 yrs & one day old (ie. one day after his or her 21st birthday).
If the investor died: 1. While holding a Conditional Green Card, what will be the outcome? Can his spouse replace the investor's position? Can the spouse and children continue to hold the Conditional Green Card and file the I-829 application? 2. While holding a Unconditional Green Card, what will be the outcome?
For the "regular" EB-5 program (not the regional center route), must the investment be in a new business? Or do certain categories of existing businesses qualify?
What is "Aging-out" issue in children of principal EB-5 investor? My child was 6 months short of 20 years old when my I-526 filed with USCIS. With current Processing times, he will be older than 21 years, and by the time we may get consulate interview to get visa he might be 22, and permanent green card 24+, etc. Would there be any concern in this regard which needs my special precaution care now?
How can I find regional center investment projects? I want to invest in a regional center. What are the steps to finding feasible regional center investment projects that are open now? What are some good sources for finding projects? What else should I know?
Can the EB-5 project have employees work in a non-TEA? I was wondering if my project would still quality as being in a TEA if my employees do most of their work in a non-TEA. For example, if I had a cleaning company with headquarters in a TEA, but with employees who worked mostly on cleaning buildings in non-TEAs, what problems could that cause? What do I need to know about EB-5 and TEA guidelines?
How can I get I-526 approval before my B-2 visa expires? I submitted my I-526 petition on November 1, 2013, and I have my B-2 visa until May 12, 2014. How can I get initial I-526 approval before my B-2 visa expires? I have seen that the EB-5 processing time can be as long as 12 months. What are my chances of being able to stay in the United States? If I travel now, what are my chances of being denied entry at a U.S. port?
How can I transfer my business to the United States for EB-5? I am an indie mobile application and game developer from Bangladesh. I have the necessary $500,000. How can I apply for the EB-5 visa in a TEA by shifting my sole proprietorship application and game business to the United States? What would the procedure be, and how long would it take? Would I have to hire 10 new workers, in addition to the ones I will be bringing over with me? What other requirements will I have to fulfill?
How can I invest in two businesses? I want to invest in an area of the United States with a minimum $1 million investment requirement, but I want to invest in two business, with a $500,000 investment in each business. How can I invest in both businesses to meet my $1 million minimum investment amount? What problems might I face?
Should I maintain my current immigration status? My I-526 just got approved. Should I maintain my F1 immigration status? What could happen if I take a three or four month break before filing my I-485 petition? Should I be concerned about staying at an F1 status for too long?
What happens to my investment if my I-526 is approved but my immigrant visa is denied? Will I get my investment fund refunded? What should I do to make sure I get my money back?
Does my entire family need to be included in the EB-5 application? I am thinking about immigrating through EB5 investment, and my husband will stay at our home country to take care of his business. Do I need to submit a copy of the marriage certificate if my husband is not applying for a green card under my application? And will USCIS question my marriage status during interview if my petition is approved?
What is the general cost of becoming a regional center, including fees related to hiring an attorney, economist, business plan writer and web developer?
How can I apply for EB-5 if I am out of status? I entered the country with F-1 visa in 1992, and have fallen out of status for a couple of years now. Would I be able to adjust my status if I invest in a business and apply for EB-5?
How can I apply for a B visa while my I-526 is pending? What would happen if I do not disclose my pending petition?
How am I supposed to "invest" funds in a regional center if I am not in the US, and have no US bank accounts?
After obtaining the immigration visa, when do I receive the Conditional Green Card? Do I receive it at the Immigration Center at the airport when I land in US?
When a Brazilian citizen receives American citizenship (or Green Card) via the EB-5, which taxes are due on their income in Brazil related to wages, retirement and financial investment, as there is no taxation agreement between Brazil and the USA?
How do I submit an investment project proposal to a regional center? I have an idea for an investment project that I would like to use EB-5 funds for. What can I do to increase the chances of it being accepted?
How do I verify international funds? I am currently a student on an F-1 visa. If my father from Hong Kong (Chinese citizen) wires me $1 million to apply for EB-5 what documents are needed to verify this? Is it even possible for me to apply for EB-5 if I have an F-1 visa?
if i recieve a visa eb-5 can ithen leave the us and continue to work overseas after my initial arrival to validate the visa and how long can you remain outside the usa
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